Genre

Taking an in-depth look at a particular genre.

LA Confidential video

Writing & Filmmaking Lessons From LA Confidential (1997)

LA CONFIDENTIAL LA CONFIDENTIAL put a modern spin on the hard-boiled noir, reinvigorating the genre and leading to an Oscar win for Brian Helgeland and Curtis Hanson for Best Adapted Screenplay. The world they create on screen is partly familiar – Hollywood of the 1950s. But the story mostly takes place in its seedy underbelly, …

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OPINION: The Thrill of the Real Time Screenplay

Before editing was created and perfected as its own art form, every film was in real time. (Although this isn’t entirely true: before sound, films were shown at whatever speed the projectionist decided.) However now, even though editing opens up so many possibilites, the real time screenplay is still popular. There are several levels of …

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Genre hybrid

OPINION: The Key to a Great Genre Hybrid

A genre hybrid, a cross between two or more genres, can be a boon. It’s giving the audience something familiar, tapping into genre conventions, but also fresh. However, it can also confuse audiences (and marketers!). Genres tend to have their own audiences and trying to appeal across them can alienate both.   The sci-fi Western …

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Unheralded Scene: THE WOMAN IN BLACK

Unheralded Scene: THE WOMAN IN BLACK (2012)

Focus On: THE WOMAN IN BLACK (2012) As a direct contrast to last month’s Unheralded Scene from FALLEN, this month we look at a scene that’s completely without on-screen dialogue. The opening scene of Jane Goldman’s 2012 adaptation of THE WOMAN IN BLACK is an object lesson in creating both an opening scene and a horror …

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Room Protagonist

OPINION: Choosing Your Protagonist

The critical acclaim, awards nominations and profoundly-felt audience reaction to ROOM highlight one of the most powerful tools in the screenwriter’s armoury – your choice of protagonist. Whether you’re writing a feature script or TV pitch or pilot, if you’ve already decided on a protagonist it’s still worth asking yourself: is there a more interesting …

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Ex Machina - Science Fiction Screenplays

Writing Science Fiction Screenplays

Writing Science Fiction Screenplays Sci-Fi is one of those odd genres – like the Western – that among script theorists often stimulates more argument about ‘defining your terms’ than it does about structure, plot or theme. It is helpful first to qualify the term ‘genre’, as film theorists and script analysts have differing – though …

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Cabin in the Woods - Writing Horror Screenplays

Writing Horror Screenplays: How to Write Teen Horror

Writing Horror Screenplays: How to Write Teen Horror From 1974’s BLACK CHRISTMAS – rightly credited with being the god-monster of the modern mainstream genre – through to every postmodern twist on the ‘final girl’ archetype, Teen Horror is now a mainstay of popular cinema. It was a cornerstone of the 1980s’ video revolution and still …

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The Exorcist - Writing Horror Screenplays

Writing Horror Screenplays: How to Write Occult Horror

Writing Horror Screenplays: How to Write Occult Horror Occult literally means ‘hidden’ so all Horror could be described as occult in the sense that all Horror deals with things that are suppressed, repressed, traditionally denied or habitually ignored. The Occult Horror sub-genre, however, specifically deals with the esoteric and magickal (as differentiated from the magic of …

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Insidious - Writing Horror Screenplays

Writing Horror Screenplays: How to Write Supernatural Horror

Writing Horror Screenplays: How to Write Supernatural Horror Supernatural Horror is perhaps the most writer-friendly of all Horror sub-genres because its effectiveness really does live on the page, rather than being hostage to practical or CGI effects (even though we should love those too!). Unlike other Horror sub-genres (Slasher, Urbanoia, Body Horror, Cannibal) Supernatural Horror has its deepest roots in …

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Terminator - Alien - Predator

Why The Holy Trinity of Monster Movies are Impossible to Top

With the arrival of GODZILLA at your local multiplex you might be thinking it’s time to get writing some monster movies of your own — how hard can it be, right? But while GODZILLA may have roared onto screens large and small over 200 times since the mid 60s, quantity is no indicator of quality. …

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four quadrant movies

10 Great Quadrant Movies Screenwriters Can Learn From

  With the box office increasingly dominated by big budget ‘Four Quadrant’ movies, squeezing out mid-budget releases, Industrial Scripts looks at the recipe for quadrant movies’ success in that seemingly impossible goal – appealing to everyone. Firstly, what are four-quadrant movies? Four-quadrant movies are mass-appeal films, very much favoured by studios as they can be …

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holiday movies

Holiday Movies – Friday the 13th, Christmas and Halloween

Friday the 13th is upon us – and to celebrate the day that Jason Voorhees Mrs Voorhees first went on her killing spree, here are some date-inspired, holiday movies, and a few suggestions for untapped potential (contact our agent – the pancake day script is a killer). Five Big Hitting Holiday Movies…. Friday the 13th …

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